The events described in this article at Vice Sports happened nearly nine years ago, but I’ve never heard about them before. I suspect most of you haven’t either. The upshot: St. Louis cops seized 2006 World Series tickets from scalpers and then used them to go to games:
The detail seized 98 tickets from 44 arrests. Of those 98 tickets, 34 of them—or 35 percent—were given by the arresting officers to family or friends, who then used the tickets themselves. Eight of the 18 detectives on the detail re-appropriated tickets. Confiscated scalped tickets were used for all three home games, often mere hours after the arrests and seizures.
They were eventually busted after a long internal affairs investigation. Their downfall: one cop overheard talking on the phone and the fact that bar codes on the tickets were scanned and information tends to live forever.
A fascinating read that touches on baseball but which speaks to the larger problem of police abusing forfeiture laws.